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Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

N.Korea Could Boost Economy of Unified Korea

N.Korea Could Boost Economy of Unified Korea

"We've been pretty unambiguous in our conversations about what we mean when we say complete denuclearisation", Pompeo told a Senate subcommittee hearing.

In the Panmunjom Declaration, signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In at the summit on April 27, the two Koreas agreed to consider connecting their railways and roads, and discuss ways to utilize them.

"I don't anticipate that this is an end of all exercises and training as we know it, but rather these visible exercises that are right up front that may cause unnecessary irritation at a time when the need for trust building is so important", USFK commander Vincent Brooks said during an event in Seoul. "North Korea has great potential for the future!" "I think his point was a fair one".

"We took the tension level down", he added.

"I'm not prepared to talk about the details of the discussions that are taking place", he said. "For the moment, we have reduced risk".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been pushing for more follow-up talks to flesh out details over denuclearisation but no date has been set for when they would take place.

"Because Kim Jong Un has so far avoided making a commitment to halt research and development activities, the changes are not a success or failure of the diplomatic process, but simply a signal that North Korea's nuclear infrastructure remains fully in use", Mount told CNN.

China has been a critical player in that effort, and remains so, according to Pompeo.

Trump has often pointed to the absence of North Korean missile and nuclear tests in recent months as a sign of progress toward denuclearization, but continued maintenance of facilities like Yongbyon show that talks with the USA have not yet prompted Kim to take significant steps toward truly dismantling the foundation of his program.

Experts at 38 North, a website affiliated with the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. devoted to analysis of North Korea, concluded the images show that "improvements to the infrastructure at North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center are continuing at a rapid pace".

In their summit, Kim and Moon called for "practical steps" toward the "connection and modernization" of railways and roads between South Korea's capital, Seoul, and North Korea's Sinuiju, a port town on its border with China, and also along the peninsula's "eastern transportation corridor".

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